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Local church provides Thanksgiving baskets to the community

24 November 2017

"We have faith that we'll be able to do the meal again next year". We do a sit down style (meal), with regular dishes and silverware, so we need waiters and waitresses.

They work all day Wednesday to prepare for a full day on Thanksgiving. The food was packed and picked up by volunteers and members of the Grovetown Department of Public Safety, who plated and delivered the meals.

Crisp clear chilly weather greeted sunny Hudson Valley skies on Thanksgiving Thursday morning, as households and charitable groups put their finishing touches on the annual Autumn feast, before settling down into the winter holiday season.

"In the grand scheme of things, we're making this meal for those in the community, many of whom are homeless, and to be literally throwing out whole turkeys is heartbreaking", Wil Rios said.

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One church in New Rochelle gave back to the community Thursday by serving a free Thanksgiving dinner.

With Meals on Wheels being closed tomorrow, volunteers like Brenda Whitson will be delivering food to people they serve and those who can't come to the church. But for John Lucas, the food is an added bonus.

The church served turkey, ham, yams, vegetables, stuffing and desserts.

But don't forget the pie.

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Volunteers like Wes Harmelink take no issue in lending a hand.

Damita Engel was helping Cairns with name tags and said her family joined First Presbyterian in 2013 for its outgoing and giving nature.

"Everything worked very slick", Schultz said. This year, a sit-down meal was provided at the First Baptist Church on Albany Ave. And the meals are not only reserved from Meals on Wheels clients, but a neighbor or friend.

"We call it controlled chaos", co-organizer Bill Stewart said of preparations for the dinner, which began in the mid-1980s. "It's good for our people to realize there's something like this". "You know, they just get together and they have one idea and they get together and they share what they believe and you can see it on their faces".

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Local church provides Thanksgiving baskets to the community